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  • The budget proposed for fiscal year 2018 adds nearly 5.8% ($515 million) to current state funding for Georgia‚Äôs public school students through the Georgia Department of Education.
  • $160 million of the new spending accounts for a 2% salary increase for authorized teachers.
  • Roughly $133 million is to cover anticipated enrollment growth and general increases in teacher salaries based on years of experience and training.
  • $177 million is the most significant hike, which is intended to cover an increase in the employer share of retirement costs.
  • Funding for the Equalization Program, which provides grant to districts with low-property wealth, is targeted for about a $85.9 million increase.
  • Move On When Ready is allocated $29.4 million in the proposal through the Georgia Student Finance Commission to keep pace with expected enrollment growth.

HB 198: Flu Vaccine.  Passed Senate Education Committee.   Requires local districts to provide info re the influenza vaccine.

HB 273: Recess In Senate Education Requiring each local board to schedule a daily recess for students in grades K-5 of at least 30 minutes of supervised, unstructured activity time, preferably outdoors beginning with the 2017-18 school year.  Local boards shall also establish policies to ensure recess is a safe experience, provides a break in academic learning, and that recess is not used as a punishment. 

HB 280: Campus Carry.  Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee. Would allow permit-holding Georgians, age 21 and up, to carry weapons on college campuses.  The bill exempts  athletic facilities and student housing.  This year's version adds an exemption for preschool space but "shall not apply if (the campus) has more than one building on the campus housing preschool space."

HR 57: Joint Elementary and Secondary School Nutrition Programs Study Committee

HR 316: House Study Committee on Stakeholder Engagement in School Redesign

HR 608
Joint Study Committee on the Georgia Public Schools Calendar

SB 3Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Act
Passed Senate, In House Education Committee.  To provide for industry credentialing for students who complete certain focused programs of study.

SB 30Sustainable Community School Operational Grants
SB 30 is a community-driven plan for underachieving schools based on research from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Assigned to House Education. 

SB 149: GA Peace Officers. Standards and code of conduct for school peace officers. Passed 50 to 1. In House Public Safety Committee. 

SR 192: Constitutional amendment to allow local legislation to call for a referendum to change the local governance structure to an elected school superintendent and a local board appointed by a grand jury.  Voted Down in House Education Committee. 

On February 22, 2017 --
Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission spoke at Pioneer RESA Day with GAPSC
Click here to read her full remarks. 

Topics include the Teacher Shortage, ESSA, UnSATs reporting, and Professional Learning Reform. 
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